An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart with special guest Dave Nachmanoff

A long title but that was the name of the event that Karen and I attended last night in Kitchener. It was one-night-only at the The Gig Music Hall (137 Ontario St) and we showed up early and so had front row seats. We have been Al Stewart fans for many years and it was great to see and hear some of the fruits of this troubadour’s unique and prolific music career in a fairly intimate setting.  Highlights for me were “On the Border”, “Travellin’ Javelin Salesman”, “Bedsitter Images” and, even though he professes he doesn’t like it, “Year of the Cat” which was laughingly bracketed with “Wild Thing” with amazing solos by Dave Nachmanoff! Stewart’s interesting voice and songwriting are still as captivating as ever.

Dave Nachmanoff played some of his own music before each of the two sets and accompanied Al on a Martin without a cutaway with incredible dexterity and style. I liked his “The Loyalist”, “Lucky” and “Sophia”.

Some of the other songs they did together last night were:

  • Football Hero
  • (A Child’s View of) The Eisenhower Years
  • Angry Bird
  • Bedsitter Images
  • Midas shadow
  • Lord Grenville
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Night Train to Munich (which he changed to to Night Train to Antwerp on the spot)
  • House of Clocks

I had been hoping for my favourite Al Stewart songs “Roads To Moscow” and “Nostradamus” (both from the Past, Present & Future album) but you can’t have everything, especially when forced to choose from a body of music as large as his!

The history made alive by Stewart’s music continue to inspire me to learn more about our past. One of his inspirations, he said last night, was to challenge himself with the most disparate things he can think of such as putting together Javelins and a Salesman.  And he did a whole album on wine (Down in the Cellar – 2000) — I’m going to have to get that one.

It was great evening!


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